A Message from the Superintendent
January 7, 2022
Dear Families and Staff
This has been quite a first week of 2022! We are proud to deliver on our commitment to provide safe, in-person learning. A glimpse into our schools would show you teachers who are willing to step-into classrooms during planning periods or in lieu of other obligations (often unexpectedly) to ensure our students are supervised and learning. Our principals, nurses, and school office staff start each day with MacGyver-like challenges, making sure substitutes are accounted for, communications are accurate and timely, and families receive needed support. And, we appreciate our parents and students who notify us of symptoms and test results, while demonstrating patience as we wait for updated health guidance. Together, we are effectively managing our current context and holding tight to our values of health, safety, and in-person learning.
Earlier today, we learned that the IL Department of Public Health and IL School Board of Education plan to align with CDC guidance on shortening isolation and quarantine periods for COVID-19 for schools. The isolation period for students and staff members who test positive for COVID-19 has been reduced from ten to five days as long as the individual is symptom-free. On Monday, January 10, 2022, we will contact families who are currently excluded from school due to COVID-19 with a revised return to school date. Please follow your current exclusion date until the revised return date is provided to you.
While much attention is currently placed on our daily operations, the District continues to look ahead and is seeking parent input regarding two important topics. We would appreciate if parents would take a moment to participate in these brief surveys so we can best serve our families:
Summer Programming 2022: Adventures in Learning is Back! We seek parent input to ensure proper course offerings and staffing to meet demands. Please take a moment to complete this survey, providing feedback on your interest in our summer programming.
2022-2023 Calendar Committee Parent Survey The committee is soliciting input from parents to inform next year’s school calendar with respect to Thanksgiving week. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey.
Please take time this weekend to restore and regroup. We look forward to moving forward together in this new year to further the mission and vision of our District.
Dr. Trisha Kocanda
Superintendent of Schools
February 2022 Conferences (Grades 1 - 8)
We wanted to ensure our families are aware that February 2022 conference sessions will be offered to parents only on the two designated conference days: Thursday, February 17 & Friday, February 18. Parents may choose to be in-person or participate via Zoom. Centralizing the conferences on these two days are intended to support families who need to schedule conferences for multiple children as well as ease the burden on staff. Kindergarten conferences will be offered on February 18 and 24 or 25.
Superintendent Letter to Governor Pritzker and Dr. Ezike (IDPH)
Now is certainly not the time to be considering a reduction in COVID-19 mitigations; however, there will be a time on the horizon when we must be prepared for improved conditions. With the intention to work alongside our health officials and the Governor’s office on a COVID-19 mitigation exit strategy, this letter was sent to Gov. Pritzker and Dr. Ezike on December 30, 2021. I am hopeful that educational leaders can be involved in the process to develop a longer-term plan. I will keep the community apprised should we receive a response.
Inclement Weather Days
As we approach the winter season, we must be prepared for weather-related school closures. This year, the first inclement weather day would be a traditional “snow day,” requiring us to add an extra day in June. If there are any subsequent inclement weather days, the District would shift to remote learning and therefore not need to extend the number of school days any further into June. You can access the 2021-2022 school calendar HERE.